16 for ’16: Sixteen of the most popular Notre Dame website news stories of 2016

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Online interest in Notre Dame remains high as overall website traffic increases by 10% over 2015's record.

As the year 2016 wanes, it’s probably a good time to look back at another outstanding year of news at Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy. In reviewing the most popular stories in 2016 on the Notre Dame school website in terms of readership, a few things stand out.

News articles about student achievement dominated as more eyes viewed stories of individual or collective accomplishments, whether they were in the classroom, the art room, the stage or the playing field. Stories about satisfied (and “happy”) parents also saw many readers in 2016.

But one story in particular stood out among all of the more than 250 others. And that is when Notre Dame Preparatory School was named the top Catholic school in the State of Michigan for 2016 (and no. 7 when measured against all private schools).    

Plus, not only did the school and its faculty, staff and students by nearly every measure have a stellar year overall once again in 2016, the website that represents Notre Dame online experienced very significant traffic, which speaks to the interest NDPMA continues to receive from both inside and outside our community.

Overall, NDPMA.org once again saw more than a million total page views during 2016 — actually 1,368,944 to this date, a figure more than 120,000 page views higher than last year’s number, which was put together almost two weeks later in the year. This total traffic number does not include visits to Haiku or any other password-protected sites affiliated with the school or its website.

So what this means is that the Notre Dame community and all it represents continue to be highly sought after by those interested in a quality, Catholic and independent school education. It also means that a lot of the great things that our students, faculty and alumni are doing in Pontiac — and in the world — do not go unnoticed.

Sixteen of the top online articles for 2016 on Notre Dame’s website, beginning with the most popular:

1. NOTRE DAME NAMED BEST CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL IN MICHIGAN

2. NOTRE DAME ANNOUNCES 16 VALEDICTORIANS, ALL WITH A 4.35 GPA OR HIGHER

3. FIVE FROM NOTRE DAME SIGN TO PLAY COLLEGE ATHLETICS

4. IB DIPLOMA PROGRAM CANDIDATES HONORED IN SPECIAL CEREMONY AT NOTRE DAME

5. NOTRE DAME JUNIOR ACHIEVES ACT PERFECTION

6. NOTRE DAME STUDENT-ARTISTS PICK UP AWARDS AT THE DIA

7. 2016 GRADS LEAVE BEHIND AN IMPRESSIVE RECORD OF ACHIEVEMENT

8. NOTRE DAME SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH NEW DINING SERVICE PROVIDER

9. 'SOPRANOS' ACTOR TALKS ABOUT NOTRE DAME MEMORIES

10. TESTIMONIALS: WHY WE SEND OUR CHILDREN TO NOTRE DAME

11. NOTRE DAME GRADS HEADING TO ELITE UNIVERSITIES

12. OPEN HOUSE TO FEATURE NOTRE DAME’S ‘WORLD OF EDUCATION’

13. NOTRE DAME SENIOR HONORED AS ‘BRIGHTEST AND BEST’

14. UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME BAND TO VISIT NDPMA IN OCTOBER

15. THIS WEEK: BOY MEETS GIRL ON THE SET OF “ANYTHING GOES”

16. THREE TIMES HAPPY WITH NOTRE DAME

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy

Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. The school's upper division enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower divisions enroll students in jr. kindergarten through grade eight. All three divisions are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." The Marist Fathers and Brothers sponsor NDPMA's Catholic identity and manages its educational program. Notre Dame is accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at www.ndpma.org.

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